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In Reply to: RE: New JMR Line? posted by Bob Neill on June 03, 2017 at 07:07:23
I am a (strictly) amateur photographer. My normal lens is a portrait lens, a 100 mm. If Jean Marie were a photographer, I think he'd also favor a portrait lens. Jean Claude's normal lens would more likely be a 35 mm. Not a 28 or 24, a 35.
As a photographer myself, your metaphor is appreciated. For decades, when not using a 4X5 camera, my world was seen through a superb 50mm lens on a Leica M3 which I replaced a few years ago with a digital camera (rsd.leicaimages.com). There is that loss of the "romantic" when replacing the analogue with the digital (I don't know if replacing a JMR with say a Triangle speaker would be a fair analogy) and I wanted to understand what JC had in mind and his ears in revamping his father's creations. You've explained it wonderfully as always as no other reviewer does. I always enjoy your skill at using language to transduce transducers.
Silly Me Here I thought the day of the too small for purpose drivers was waning.
Still.. some shill them and obscure makers still try .
IMO IF in North America a Tannoy DC is the best of breed speaker whilst in Europe the 604 holds the same revered place.
Human nature where grass is greener on the other side basically.
Great Plains even mfg's..new.. 604's at affordable pricings.
Why?? would one even bother with lesser.
NO substitutes for Large cones, Compression drivers and Huge Magnet motors.. Period
Strange world we've cobbled together.
Never make judgments based on audio theories, even if they seem obvious. I owned a huge Altec Voice of Theatre rig when I was a college kid. Impressive but now that I've been to a good many live concerts, I know that the real sound of a live orchestra is made up of detail, speed, and a sense of articulated space, not just avoirdupois. My roommate's Janzen/AR1W got a lot of stuff my Altec missed, albeit not the scale.
I owned a huge Altec Voice of Theatre rig when I was a college kid. Impressive but now that I've been to a good many live concerts,
Yeah, I never heard "midrange honk" while at the symphony. :)
Yeah, but I have had no one describe my speakers as honky. I actually get real, dynamic, relaxed and musical. Go figure?
But serious though, old VOTTs are not exactly the pinnacle of the 15" + CD paradigm; they can't be used to characterise the genre.
I tend to agree with Bare's point in principle. Still, there are many roads.
"Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems to characterise our age." Albert Einstein
I think the "problem " with horns is that most horn lovers (including me) are using domesticated versions of PA speakers or DIY designs, and they are per se incredibly difficult to work with and integrate, especially in a small living room like mine ^^. I know that I still spend more time fine tuning the system - like a sound engineer without diploma - than actually listening to music. But it's my passion and I think I would be quickly bored with turnkey speakers.
JMR speakers are ah the other end of things. Heard a pair of their cheaper offerings and found them incredibly dull and boring, but classical music is about 5% of my total music consumption and my system isn't the best with it. To each its own...
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